People struggling with the cost of their pets will get help to feed and look after them, thanks to money raised at Southsea car boot sales.

Portsmouth City Council has donated £2,000 from last year’s events to StreetVet, a charity that provides much-needed treatment to the pets of people experiencing homelessness.

Items including dog, cat and hamster food and treats and waste bags were also purchased from Jollyes pet shop at a significant discount. The items will be distributed to the council’s kennels and community larders and pantries through HIVE Portsmouth. In the 2023 season, £5,600 has been raised for local good causes thanks to our car boot events.

Over the last year, Portsmouth City Council has also provided £315,000 to local services, including foodbanks, pantries and community meals, to support their food provision to local people and families in need. This funding was provided through the Household Support Fund.

Portsmouth City Council Leader, Cllr Steve Pitt, said:

“The cost of living sadly continues to affect many people and for those with beloved pets, it has a big impact on them too. Donating all proceeds from the car boot sales is another way the council and residents who visit can support the people who rely on foodbanks. It’s great to be working with SteetVet, Jollyes, and the HIVE to help people to care for their furry friends.”

Each year, all profits generated from the car boots is given to local community projects and charities.

The much-loved Southsea car boot sale returns on Sunday 31 March, running until 26 May. Join us on Southsea Common, off Duisburg Way, to grab a bargain or sell some preloved goods.

Car boots run from 7am – 1pm each Sunday. Entry for buyers is free. For sellers, pitches start at £10.

For more information, please visit Portsmouth and Southsea Car Boot Sale – Markets in Southsea, Portsmouth – Portsmouth (visitportsmouth.co.uk)

For queries, please contact events@portsmouthcc.gov.uk